Friday 25 October 2019 at 2.00pm
Fairhaven URC (The White Church)
Laurie Ashworth (soprano)
Rachel Filhart (clarinet)
John Gough (piano)
Laurie Ashworth was born in Wigan, Lancashire and has established herself as a sought-after concert artist, specialising in oratorio, recitals and recording. She combines these with a busy teaching career.
Laurie commenced her studies in 2002 at the RNCM under the tutelage of Caroline Crawshaw with whom she continues to study. She graduated with First Class Honours in 2006 and was awarded the RNCM Gold Medal, the highest accolade for performance. Awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust enabled her to complete her Masters in Vocal Performance at the Royal College of Music where she studied with Patricia Rozario and Janis Kelly, graduating with distinction in 2008.
Laurie has performed at most of the UK's major venues, making her Wigmore Hall debut in 2012 and BBC Proms debut in 2014.
John Gough comes from Chester and enjoys a busy career as solo pianist and accompanist. He has performed in many important venues including the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room in London, the Carnegie Hall in New York, and he has made many broadcasts on Radio 3, Classic FM and Radio 2.He is also Professor of piano at both the Royal Northern College of Music and Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.
John also enjoys a busy career as a soloist and accompanist, having given many BBC broadcasts on Radio 3 and Radio 2 and on Classic FM. John has also appeared as concerto soloist with many leading orchestras and is in great demand as an adjudicator in music festivals.
Clarinetist Rachel Filhart moved from her native Canada to the U.K. on being awarded scholarships to study at the Royal Academy of Music and later, the Royal Northern College of Music. After graduation she spent several years living in Portugal as the assistant principal clarinetist with the Orchestra of the Algarve, giving concerts across Europe.
Now based in Manchester, Rachel has a busy freelance career performing with orchestras throughout the U.K. Her interest in music and health began to develop whilst working with her trio, Manchester Reed Trio. Together they trained with ‘Musique et Santé’ in Paris, and perform regularly for the charity ‘Music in Hospitals’. In 2015 Rachel was selected as Opus Music CIC’s apprentice musician at Nottingham QMC Children’s Hospital. She set up ‘Cascade Music’ in 2016 as an organisation to provide access to live music in healthcare environments.